Injury plagued Andrea Petkovic has had a disastrous start to her 2013 season after withdrawing from her first match of the season in tears after suffering a medial meniscal tear.
Meniscal tears usually occur when there is a twisting vector or force placed on the knee and will require surgery to fix it – hopefully just clipping of the torn part. Potentially this could mean that Andrea is out of action for up to three months.
Even more unfortunately the injury happened on the same knee she has previously had a reconstruction of her ACL and meniscus already. You have to wonder if her movement needs some serious work, if the people controlling her rehab are missing something causing problems elsewhere or if she’s just unlucky. Either way her knee is quickly following the story of Mark Philippoussis… never the same after multiple surgeries. Read more
“Don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but Petkovic has withdrawn,” Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley Tweeted. Petkovic’s withdrawal came just hours after Venus Williams announcement that she is not well enough to attend the first Grand Slam of the season.
Yesterday Agnieszka Radwanska beat Petkovic 7-5, 6-4 in Sydney and during the match Andrea required pain killers and a medical time out.
Andrea has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in her spine, often a result of repeated extension stresses like serving or fast bowling in cricket. Read more
It’s not uncommon for the injury list to mount before Wimbledon and the US Open and this year is no exception. The grueling clay court with minimal transition time on to grass courts cause players bodies problems as they try to adapt to the different requirements of the game on different surfaces. Likewise the hard courts are not friendly to the body and ahead of the years last Grand Slam the list of injured players is mounting.
- Novak Djokovic – Shoulder and general fatigue. Has had some issues with patella tendinitis this season
- Rafael Nadal – Large burn blisters on fingers and left foot
- Andy Murray – Sore arm
- Mardy Fish – Heel Read more
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We knew Bethanie Mattek-Sands was planning some sort of tennis ball meets Lady Gaga inspired dress but we weren’t sure when it was going to appear. Bethanie has stunned, and not in a good way, the tennis community at the pre-Wimbledon party overnight. The American recently played at Roland Garros with war stripes painted under her eyes.
Other more fashion friendly players such as Maria Sharapova looked fabulous on the night. Meanwhile Serena Williams’ appearance at the players party fueled speculation that the American superstar has undergone plastic surgery during her year long injury time out.
Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic may have looked better, and Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova may have had the most horrendous tan lines on display, but Mattek-Sands was definitely the undisputed worst dressed for the evening (and probably forever) Read more
Posted in Alize Cornet, Ana Ivanovic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Andrea Petkovic, Anne Keothavong, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic, Laura Robson, Maria Sharapova, Player Party, Sabine Lisicki, Serena Williams, Vania King, Yaroslava Shvedova
The Williams sisters have made a triumphant return to tennis. Despite the fact that Serena lost her second round match at Eastbourne today she was positive about the result, especially given she took world number two Vera Zvonareva to three sets. Read more
Maria Sharapova, far from a clay court goddess, handed out a thumping clay court lesson to Andrea Petkovic. The German youngster had nothing to dance about after Sharapova, who is looking to complete a career Grand Slam this year, trounced her 6-0 in the first set in just 32 minutes. Sharapova was clearly not messing about, relentlessly thumping her shots and teaching the (at times) cocky young Petkovic what champions are made of. Read more